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Activities for babies, children and young people

What activities are there for babies and toddlers under 5?

There are lots of activities and friendly support groups available in your area for you and your little ones. Take a look at the table below:

Activities for babies and toddlers under 5
Activity type More information

Baby and parent classes and support

Your local Sure Start Children’s Centre offers a wide range of support and activities - a great resource for parents. Classes include 'Babies Playing' (a popular class where parents can meet and chat whilst babies can play safely), informal and friendly breast feeding support meetings, first aid courses, weaning advice, stimulating sensory rooms and lots more.  
Find your local Sure Start Children's centre and what's happening there.  

Parent and baby/toddler groups  

A great place to meet other parents with children your child's age. Your child can make new friends too and will be entertained and stimulated by a whole variety of toys, singing and craft.  
Find a local toddler group.

Bounce and Rhyme

A fun and friendly event for you and your baby or toddler.

Find your nearest library then scroll down to check dates and times.

Story, Rhyme and Happy Time 

Enjoy sharing songs, stories and rhymes with your baby or toddler, and help increase their language skills in these fun sessions.  

Find your nearest librarythen scroll down to check dates and times.

Baby swimming classes 

Babies love to swim! Our new aqua baby award scheme introduces pre-school children from as young as four months to the water and teaches you and them to be confident in the pool. 

Contact your local leisure centre for details. 

Pre-school swimming classes

Pre-school swimming lessons are for children aged three to five years, with a maximum of six children in a class and the teacher is in the water to support the children. 

Contact your local leisure centre for details. 


Soft play 

Soft play, bouncy castles and ball pools - loads of fun and exercise for your baby or toddler. A great place for you to socialise with other parents too.

Available at Beverley, Hornsea, Driffield (term-time) and Haltemprice leisure centres.

Contact your local leisure centre for details.



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What activities are there for children and young people?

The table below provides a summary of activities in the area for children of all ages:

Activities available for children
Activity type Age range and contact details

Sports club search

A list of clubs offering a wide range of sporting activities including archery, gliding, martial arts and rifle shooting. 

You can search by activity type or area and find out what age they are suitable for.

You will find contact details, where the club is based and what accreditation they have. 

Accreditation means they have met certain standards to prove that they can provide a safe, child friendly environment for young people.

All ages from 6 years and above.

Find your nearest sports club 

Leisure centres

All Leisure Centres run different activities throughout the year including swimming, soft play, sports, dance and holiday activities. 

Each Leisure Centre has a table of activities on their website and details of special offers such as their free swimming pass for any children on the East Riding Learn to Swim Scheme.

All ages.

Find your nearest Leisure Centre.

Tracker Packs 

Tracker Packs are a fun way of exploring the countryside across the East Riding. If you are looking for a great family activity using the Yorkshire Wolds Way, then the Tracker Packs are designed just for you.

The Yorkshire Wolds Way Tracker Packs are now available from 4 locations on or near to the route.

The Tracker Packs are just £5 to hire and FREE on Wednesdays and have been designed for families to enjoy a short walk along the Yorkshire Wolds Way.

Each pack contains maps, games and challenges to ensure a great day out.

All ages

Visit the Yorkshire Wolds Way website for more information about where the nature trails are and to get your Tracker Pack. 

Yorkshire Wolds (external website) 

Libraries running story time sessions, museums with exhibitions including children’s activity trails and play areas and a variety of countryside events such as nature trails.

Countryside events run a variety of different outdoor adventures such as nature trails, den building and tree planting.

There are also many different beautiful places to visit across the East Riding such as beaches, rail trails and nature reserves.

Nature reserves are places for people and wildlife. They have wildlife or geological features that are of local interest and can provide people with study and learning opportunities or to simply enjoy having contact with nature. 

All ages

Further information about activities across the East Riding can be found on the events page.

The  Places to visit page gives you great ideas about days out across the East Riding.

Further information about Local nature reserves can be found on the Local nature reserves page.

There are often activities and play areas as well as exhibitions available at the museums and galleries across the East Riding. Further information can be found on the Museums and Galleries page. 

Dance groups

East Riding Youth Dance groups run in Beverley, Bridlington, Goole, Hornsea and Pocklington. Each term is open to new dancers with or without previous dance experience and provides fantastic opportunities to create your own original dance work and perform it at the Spa Theatre, Bridlington.

Age 11 to 18 years

All groups work on technique, dance styles and performance skills, if you enjoy working creatively then this is for you!

Youth Dance Groups (external website)

Performing arts, music and drama

East Riding Voluntary Action Services (ERVAS) provides support and development services to the Voluntary and Community sector throughout the East Riding of Yorkshire.

All ages

Please contact ERVAS on (01482) 871077 for more information about voluntary and community groups across the East Riding. 

Guides, Brownies and Rainbows

Being a Guide is all about learning, developing self-confidence, building friendships and, of course, having lots of fun! Girls can participate in a wide range of activities such as day trips, camps and holidays, arts and crafts and much more.

Rainbows - age 5-7 years

Brownies - age 7-10 years

Guides - age10- 14 years

Senior section - age 14-25 years

For details of your local groups visit Girl Guiding UK website or Tel: 0800 169 5901.

Girl Guiding UK (external website) 

Scouts, Beavers and Cubs

Scouting is about meeting new friends, sharing adventures and making the most of life's opportunities.

With over 200 activities available such as rock climbing, camping or sailing Scouting is full of surprises.

Beavers age 6-8 years

Cubs age 8-10 and a half years

Scouts age 10and a half-14 years

Explorer Scouts age 14-18 years

Raywell Activity Centre  Tel: (01482) 655732  

or visit:  

The Scout Association (external website)


Young Farmers

If you're aged between 10-26 and live in the Eastern part of Yorkshire or Northern Lincolnshire, there's no need to be bored. YFC gives you the opportunity to socialise, make friends, take part in all sorts of competitions, learn skills and tons more

Age 10-26 years


Telephone: (01377) 256637 or 


Office open 10am – 6pm, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

Young Farmers (external website) 

Air, Army or Sea Cadets and Boys Brigade

Activities that offer challenge, excitement and adventure and the knowledge you pick up along the way through structured lectures and first-hand experience.

Air Cadets age 13-17 years

Army Cadets age 12-18 years

Sea Cadets age 10-18 years

Boys Brigade age 5-18 years

If you are interested in finding out more about becoming an Air, Army 
or Sea Cadet or for other uniformed groups such as the Boys Brigade please ring ERVAS on (01482) 871077 or click on the links below

Air cadets (external website)

Army cadets (external website)

Sea Cadets (external website)

Boys' Brigade (external website) 

St John Ambulance

Learn first aid  whilst also having the opportunity to have fun and access a wide range of other activities.

If you're aged between 5 and 10, you can join Badgers.

Learn first aid, have fun and you could even become a Super Badger.

If you’re aged between 10 and 17 years old, you can join one of our Cadet units, which operate throughout the country. At Cadets it's all about fun, adventure and community.

Badgers age 5-10 years

Cadets age 10-17 years

For more information call (01482) 588564 or visit the St John Ambulance website. 

If you're older, but you have what it takes to inspire young people, we have vacancies for youth leaders visit the St John Ambulance website.

St John Ambulance (external website)    

Official tourist information from Hull and East Riding

More information about attractions and events across the East Riding of Yorkshire. 

Perhaps you would like to see what other activities are going on in the neighbouring areas.

 All ages.

VHEY - Visit Hull and East Yorkshire (external website)

York – Yor ok (external website) 

Clued Up in Hull (external website)

North Yorkshire (external website)

Lincolnshire County Council - Leisure Activities (external website)

Doncaster (external website)

Have you ever thought of volunteering? 

Volunteering can be a great way to meet new people, learn new skills and to enhance your CV.

It can give you valuable work experience, the satisfaction of time well spent and it will also be fun and enjoyable!

There is no age limit to volunteering but there can sometimes be difficulties for people under 16 to be placed within volunteering opportunities due to insurance reasons. If you have any concerns, ask the organisation that you are applying to.

To find out more about what volunteering opportunities are available to you visit the Do-it website or call the ERVAS volunteer centre on (01482) 871077.

Do-it (external website) 

Alternatively you can find out more from the Youth Support Service on the  Youth Support Service page

You can also gain recognition whilst volunteering through various award schemes.

See attachment below for some of the national and local award schemes available. For more information about any of the schemes below please contact ERVAS on (01482) 871077 or visit the appropriate website.

  Volunteering for young people (pdf 126kb opens in new window)

Additional needs

If you have a child with additional needs and would like to look at activities which are disability-specific you can view the FISH directory via the link below:

LOOK AHEAD directory of activities for children with additional needs (opens in new window)  

If you can't find what you're looking for, please contact FISH on (01482) 396469. 

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What should I look for in a club or activity?

Keeping children safe is a parent’s first concern. It is your right and responsibility as a parent to check how well a club or activity is run, for the sake of your child’s safety and your peace of mind. Remember, a well run club or activity will welcome questions from parents.

Staff and volunteers

Make sure you know who the staff are and what their roles and responsibilities are. Are there enough staff to appropriately supervise the activity? Who is in charge? Have they been trained in child protection and safeguarding? Have they all had Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) checks? Do they have the right qualifications?

Health and safety and insurance

Make sure that someone in charge is competent in health and safety and qualified in first aid. Find out how the leaders deal with and record accidents and if your child has had an accident, how do they let you know. The venue should display their public liability insurance certificate. Do they have regular fire drills and a risk assessment? Are the fire escapes easily marked and kept clear?

Security of the building

Children and young people should not be able to get out unsupervised and everyone should be asked to sign in and out. Speak to staff if you have concerns about the security of the building. Find out how they make sure only people you have approved can collect your child at the end of a session.


All clubs and activities should have a number of policies including child protection/safeguarding. There should also be a process for how to handle concerns about a child. Other policies and documents include behaviour and equal opportunities. You should be able to have a copy of these policies if you ask for them.

Information for your child

You should be asked to complete a consent form including your child’s personal details and any dietary, medical or special needs. This will help them to make sure your child gets the most from the activities. Make sure you provide emergency contact details and update them if they change. The consent form may also ask for permission for child to be on photographs or videos. Extra consent forms should be used for special events such as trips or residential visits.

Food and drink

If the club provides refreshments as part of the activity are these healthy and what is included? Does your child have any food allergies that they need to be aware of? Is there a leader with a qualification in food hygiene?


The club or activity should have clear guidelines about physical contact and social activities between staff, volunteers, children and parents.

Follow this guidance and your child should have a great time and stay safe. If you do have any questions, please contact FISH on (01482) 396469

Please note: Inclusion of services and sessions is not an endorsement or recommendation.

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For more information about childcare and other local and national services for families of young people you can view the FISH directory (opens in new window).

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